Lane lives in New York and works at Marie Claire magazine.

The Book That'll Make You Totally Rethink Beauty

To what extent do our looks determine the course of our lives? In some ways, the question is kind of absurd. Most people love to believe any number of traits are more important than the exterior we present to the world. The attractiveness — and…
By Lane Florsheim

Why It's Important To Focus on Her Abortion Story

When coverage of Wendy Davis’ memoir Forgetting To Be Afraid started to appear earlier this month, it seemed as though outlets wanted to discuss only nine pages of the entire book: Chapter Fourteen, the portion in which Davis writes about the two…
By Lane Florsheim

The 9 Best Wendy Davis Quotes From Her New Memoir

One of the primary themes in Wendy Davis’ new memoir Forgetting To Be Afraid (Blue Rider Press) is the importance of recognizing how others have been shaped by their backgrounds and experiences in order to best understand them and their opinions.…
By Lane Florsheim

Studying Abroad Taught Me a Lesson I Didn't Expect

If studying abroad in Paris is a bit of a cliché, then that's for valid reason. When I think back on the semester when I woke up each morning in my chambre de bonne (former maid’s quarters turned small studio above my host family’s apartment),…
By Lane Florsheim

7 Ways to Stop Freaking Out About Your Job Search

Last summer, I was spending most of my time at my neighborhood coffee shop, cranking out job applications, and trying to make my small iced tea last as long as humanly possible to justify the space I was taking up. I wrote an indeterminable number…
By Lane Florsheim

Ted Cruz Vs. Wendy Davis: The (Many) Differences

A multitude of prominent conservatives took to Twitter Wednesday to express anger at what they saw as a double standard between the media's representation of Texas state Senator Wendy Davis' (D) pro-choice filibuster in June and Senator Ted Cruz's…
By Lane Florsheim

The Surprising Future Of Drones

Drones are no stranger to political controversy. Just Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the U.S. military has been forced to relocate a large fleet of the crafts from a key counterterrorism base in Africa. Apparently, locals at Camp…
By Lane Florsheim

AIG CEO Compares Wall St Bonus Outrage To Lynching

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Monday, AIG CEO Robert Benmosche compared the public anger over AIG's bonuses to lynch mobs in the Deep South. According to Benmosche, the young people who worked at the insurance giant didn't…
By Lane Florsheim

Birth Control's Biggest Hurdle: Politics

A new paper released Tuesday in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health says the main hurdle to developing improved birth control methods is — surprise, surprise — politics. The health experts who wrote the paper urged researchers to…
By Lane Florsheim

Government Shutdown Countdown: One Week

WWJBD? What will John Boehner do? That's the Congressional question of the week, as the legislative branch moves closer and closer to its October 1 deadline to fund the government and prevent a shutdown. Right now, it looks like Senator Ted Cruz's…
By Lane Florsheim

Ted Cruz's Best Quotes

Senator Ted Cruz has received a lot of media attention recently, and it's not difficult to pinpoint what is so fascinating about the first-term junior senator from Texas. Cruz has maintained the same, unaltered far right worldview since arriving at…
By Lane Florsheim

Your Government Shutdown Update, Fun Poll Included

Here's some astonishing news to start your week off right: the public is overwhelmingly against the Republican threat to shut down the government in an effort to defund Obamacare. That's right, people want healthcare and a functioning government. A…
By Lane Florsheim

Go Follow @Madeleine Albright On Twitter Right Now

Former Secretary of State, current Georgetown professor, and quadrilingual speaker Madeleine Albright joined Twitter, tweeting out for the first time Monday morning. In addition to serving as Leslie Knope's eternal hero, Albright, who was nominated…
By Lane Florsheim

Decoding Republican Obstructionism

A spending bill to defund Obamacare passed the House Friday, so the Republican crusade to kill the president's healthcare policy is set to move onto the Senate. The continuing resolution to defund the policy, by all accounts, faces a zero percent…
By Lane Florsheim

This Field Trip Went Very, Very Wrong

Today in truly deplorable news: A Connecticut parent has filed a human rights complaint against the Hartford school system following a magnet school field trip last fall in which students participated in a slavery reenactment that included the use…
By Lane Florsheim

Buzzfeed's New Policy: 'No Haters'

BuzzFeed has decided to update its community contributor post guidelines after facing anger last month for running the piece, "8 Outrageous Things Planned Parenthood Was Caught Doing," by the anti-abortion group Personhood USA. It has also pulled…
By Lane Florsheim

Yale Works To Strengthen Sexual Assault Policy

Last month, a report by Jezebel described how Yale fails to see "nonconsensual sex" as "that big of a deal," detailing how the university refuses to label the act rape, and usually punishes it with "written reprimand." The Yale Daily News staff…
By Lane Florsheim

What Gets Lost In The Syria Debate? Immigration

The debate over whether or not to take military action in Syria that has recently gripped the White House and Congress has caused one hot button domestic issue to fall by the wayside: immigration. Immigration overhaul has been at the center of…
By Lane Florsheim

Why Harvard Is Cheaper Than You Think

One of the most unfortunate aspects of rising higher education costs is that high-achieving, low-income students oftentimes don't know that some of the cheapest places to attend college are actually the ones with the highest list prices. Wellesley…
By Lane Florsheim

This Campaign Ad Will Make You Happy (For Real!)

Here's some happy political news to start your hump day right (for once, we're actually not pulling your leg). As Slate's David Weigel points out, the special election to fill Ed Markey's vacated House seat isn't drawing much national attention,…
By Lane Florsheim